Feb 16, 2020
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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Outlander’ and ‘Last Week Tonight’

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OUTLANDER 8 p.m. on Starz. The fifth season of this historical time-travel drama, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s novels, picks up in the aftermath of Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger’s (Richard Rankin) wedding celebrations. Jamie (Sam Heughan) considers how to move forward after he is ordered to gather a militia to bring down the Regulators and kill their leader, the fugitive Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), who just happens to be his godfather. Brianna revisits a traumatic moment after hearing some shocking news.

DUNCANVILLE 8:30 p.m. on Fox. Sandwiched between “The Simpsons” and “Bob’s Burgers” is “Duncanville,” a new animated series that fits right into the lineup. The show is created by Mike Scully and Julie Thacker (of “The Simpsons”) and Amy Poehler, who also voices the lead, a slacker teenager named Duncan, and his mother, Annie, a parking enforcement officer with dreams of becoming a detective. Annie worries constantly about Duncan’s future and shows her love for him in her own peculiar way. (“I stopped smoking halfway through my pregnancy for you!”) Other cast members include Ty Burrell of “Modern Family,” Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa.

GOOD GIRLS 10 p.m. on NBC. The good girls are still busy being bad. The second season of this dramedy series, about three suburban mothers-turned-criminals, wrapped up with Beth (Christina Hendricks) taking out Rio and suggesting a new money laundering plan to Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman). Now back for a third season, the women take up new jobs that will help them grow their business venture while Beth grapples with her guilt over Rio’s death.

SLOW BURN 10 p.m. on Epix. Political junkies may want to tune into this new documentary series, adapted from the popular Slate Plus podcast of the same name. The six-episode season unpacks how the Watergate scandal unfolded while drawing parallels between that era’s political landscape and the present. Leon Neyfakh, the host of the original podcast, narrates. WAR OF THE WORLDS, a new sci-fi series drawn from the novel by H.G. Wells, leads in at 9 p.m.

LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER 11 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. For a more satirical take on today’s political climate, catch the seventh season premiere of John Oliver’s weekly late-night show. Upcoming episodes will cover topics like Brexit and the end of NRATV and feature a number of guest stars, including Tracy Morgan and Bill Nye.

BOILING POINT (1999) Stream on Mubi or Tubi; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube. Directed by the comedian, actor and filmmaker Takeshi Kitano, this crime film that was released in Japan in 1990 follows a dispirited baseball player (Masahiko Ono) who teams up with a friend to get revenge on a local yakuza that attacked his coach. Their mission pairs them with an eccentric yakuza boss (Kitano) who leads them deep into the underworld. The movie isn’t for the squeamish: It features a hefty dose of brutality and a dash of black humor.

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